The Education You Need Where You Live
Cook County Higher Education (CCHE) at The North Shore Campus:

    Accredited classes, training, and degree programs that meet your needs
    We provide student support: mentors, financial aid resources, and more
    532 residents have earned certificates or degrees
    CCHE students have a 90% success rate (national average is 75%)
    Our non-profit is supported by state and county funding, grants, and local donations

The students tell it best, saying, "Thanks to CCHE, I earned my degree and got a job without having to leave my family to go to school!" Use the Donate Now button to make a contribution today to support your local students. Thank you!


You are invited to our 2nd annual Afternoon Tea Party at Naniboujou on September 3rd from 2:15 to 5:00 p.m. 

Dr. Karen I. Halberslben will be presenting the keynote address, “God Save the Queens:” Learning from the Six Women who have Ruled England since 1066. Six women have been crowned Queen Regnant of England since 1066, ruling for a combined 198 years of turmoil and triumph.  We will learn about each of the six-- two Marys, two Elizabeths, Anne, and Victoria--and about the unique challenges they faced, the choices they made, and the mark they left on their nation.  We will consider how their gender influenced their years on the throne and seek to understand what is unique about a nation that sings with pride "God Save the Queen."

Join us for a fun-filled afternoon
• Naniboujou’s famous afternoon tea
• Fascinating talk by Karen Halbersleben
• Silent auction with raffle tickets—premium products and packages (must be present to win)
• Ladies: wear a lovely hat—rentals available
• Gentlemen: wear a festive tie                 
We have some GREAT silent auction items and we are starting earlier to give you more time. Expect to have a lot of fun!

RSVP required: please respond by August 27.  You can register and pay online if you like at
Cost: $35 pre-paid registration or $40 at the door.

This benefit is to help CCHE grow their endowment fund.
What CCHE does to deserve your support:
• CCHE offers diverse programming to meet individual needs—yours included! 
• Over 85% of  our funding is dependent on state and  foundation grants—we need to diversify.
• CCHE receives $0 from colleges and universities—all student tuition goes directly to each institution.
• Over 535 residents have received certificates or degrees from accredited institutions—and they live and work in our community.  Your local health care provider may be one of them!

Mission: CCHE provides local access to college education and training that result in living wage employment and an educated workforce to advance the vitality and economic sustainability of our community.

More information about CCHE, how we serve the community, and coming events can be found on our website:

This event was sponsored by the Grand Marais State Bank, Bluefin Bay, George F. Maruska, Ltd., the Lake Superior Trading Post, Beth’s Fudge and Gifts, and Birchbark Books and Gifts.

I hope to see you at September 3rd (Wednesday) at Naniboujou!


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Searching for Employment in Cook County?

Just a few examples of sites to check out for employment on the shore:


Welding Certificate Program Starting This Fall

If you are interested in welding and you are looking to make a career in this area, you can now earn a 30 credit Welding Technology Certificate right here in Cook County. Applications are being accepted now with classes beginning this fall.

The Welding Technology Certificate program is one of four manufacturing education options available through a new program called 360° eTECH through the 360° Center of Excellence at Bemidji State University. In order to offer this innovative program, 360° at Bemidji State University has partnered with area colleges, including Lake Superior College. The Welding Technology certificate program is a combination of online courses and on-site labs, and can be completed over the course of two years. Online classes will be taken through Lake Superior College. On-site labs will be held here in Cook County over two weekends per semester. Classes begin on September 2.

The Welding Technology certificate gives you an intermediate knowledge of manufacturing processes and plant operations. Graduates will gain the skills needed to work in production work, manufacturing, repair and maintenance and the construction industry. After completing this Certificate, you will be eligible to work as a Manufacturing Welding Technician, MIG Welder, TIG Welder, Sub Arc Operator, Fabricator, Maintenance Welder, or Welder Assembler. In addition, earned certificates can be applied towards higher degrees including an Applied Engineering degree or Technology Management degree at Bemidji State University.

The tuition cost is $199 per credit plus books and supplies. Financial aid and scholarships are available to help with the cost.

For more information about the certificate program, eligibility and how to apply, please contact Cook County Higher Education at 387-3411 or email


We honor Mark Abrahamson!

For the past seventeen years Mark has been our instructor for all of our nursing assistant classes, in addition to teaching licensed practical nursing and registered nursing clinicals’s. Almost all of those students have gone to work in the health care field, most of them right here in Cook County.

To honor his passion and commitment we will be dedicating the lower level nursing lab classroom to him, and installing a plaque naming the room the Mark Abrahamson Classroom. You will have a chance to hear from Mark and his students their stories, and learn about what an impact this has had on our community. This will be a great chance to see and hear the impact of your continued support of Cook County Higher Education!

If you cannot attend the Open House event, would you please consider renewing or upgrading your friendship level? We are using the friendship dollars for our students support services, which includes our mentor program, textbook scholarships, instructor services (like Mark), and some nursing classroom needs.

Thanks to board members, staff, and other generous patrons of education, we have matching funds on the table, so this is an excellent time to make your contribution count even more. Please use the enclosed donation envelope to mail your contribution, or pledge online at and use the Donate Now button.


Thank you to Senator Tom Bakk , Representative David Dill, and Scott Harrison of the Cook County EDA for a great presentation at the Business Networking Luncheon here at Cook County Higher Education on October 22nd.  It is always a pleasure to have so many vibrant community members at CCHE.  Scott Harrison opened the event with a comprehensive overview of Cook County’s economic status. Senator Bakk and Representative Dill followed with compliments to Cook County residents for their passion for local and state issues, the power of our individual voices, and our collective strength as a community when leveraging for state funding or other local issues, such as the taconite relief dollars.

During the hour and a half that they spoke Bakk and Dill also pointed out that Cook County is a destination for many of our state legislators, and as a result we need to remind them of the challenges we face in our rural location: the rough condition of long stretches of Hwy 61, and our limited tax base with 90% of our County Federally property, to name a few.  Along with a dynamic, interactive presentation, those that attended the event also ate a delicious meal catered by The Pie Place.  Cook County Higher Education hosted this event thanks to support from the Cook County Chamber of Commerce, Sivertson Gallery, the Grand Marais State Bank, and the Lake Superior Trading Post.

Reminder give to the max day is coming up on November 14th!


Our construction is almost complete! The extra classroom, study, testing, and office space has been well worth the effort!

This project was made possible thanks to a $100,000 grant from Blandin Foundation, in addition to grants from the Center for Energy and Environment, Minnesota Power Foundation, and the North Shore Health Care Foundation.  Thank you so much for your support!


Cook County Higher Education is now a
PC's For People Computer Depot

PC's for People Mission statement: "To create new opportunities by providing personal computers and education to people who have limited experience with technology due to social, physical and/or economic circumstances."

Thanks to PCs for People, we have used desktops and laptops available at reduced cost.  We ask that applicants have financial need - or otherwise fit the above description.  If you are interested in purchasing a used PC (laptop or desktop) stop by CCHE for an application.


CCHE  events made possible thanks to a generous workforce development grant from IRRRB


Licensed Practical Nurse Program Available through Itasca Community College

Have you ever dreamed of becoming a Nurse or wondered what steps you would have to take to get there?  Cook County Higher Education is here to help answer your questions.  In as little as two years you could be ready to work as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).  Itasca Community College offers practical nursing classes online with skills and clinical experience on site in Grand Rapids one long weekend per month.  Prerequisite classes begin this fall.  For more information, please contact Cook County Higher Education at 387-3411 or email


Boreal News List

The Boreal News List is now open to all community members!

What is it? The list is a place where community announcements, events, ride requests and other items of community interest are posted. Announcements posted to the news list are sent to the email addresses of all news list subscribers. We at Cook County Higher Education often use the news list as a way to get infomration out about our building being open/closed, classes we are hosting, or events.

How do I sign up? In the past, you had to be a Boreal member to send and receive these updates. You still have to be a Boreal member to send information to the news list, but now receiving the announcements is FREE and open to everyone! To sign up, simply click here and fill out the form!


Do you know about MOOCs?

A Massive Open Online Course is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as videos, readings, and problem sets, MOOCs provide interactive user forums that help build a community for students, professors, and teaching assistants (TAs). MOOCs are a recent development in distance education.[1]

EdX is a MOOC provider:

EdX courses are free for everyone. Some courses have a fee for ID verified certificates of achievement but are free to audit. Others offer a free honor code certificate of achievement to anyone who meets the completion requirements.
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Upcoming Events

GED Testing
Jul 16, 2013 - Register Online at:
Proctor: Kelsey Rogers Kennedy

Guest Lecture: Scientific Review of Wild Rice/Sulfate Research
Aug 12, 2014 - 7pm
Kurt Anderson

Welding Certificate Program Starting This Fall
Starts Sep 2, 2014

Cook County Higher Education Endowment Fund Benefit : Afternoon Tea Party
Sep 3, 2014 - 2:15pm
Dr. Karen I. Halberslben

Sept 2014 Guest Lecture: Perspectives on Globalization
Sep 12, 2014 - 3:00 pm
Ahmed Samatar, PhD

1 Couple William the Conqueror - War of the Roses, pt. 1 October 13 - January 5 (no class 11/24, 12/22, 12/29)
Starts Oct 13, 2014
Dr. Karen I. Halbersleben

1 person: William the Conqueror - War of the Roses, pt. 1 October 13 - January 5 (no class 11/24, 12/22, 12/29)
Starts Oct 13, 2014
Dr. Karen I. Halbersleben

1 Couple: War of the Roses, pt. 2 - Elizabeth II January 12 - March 16, 2015
Starts Jan 12, 2015
Dr. Karen I. Halbersleben

1 Person: War of the Roses, Elizabeth II January 12 - March 16, 2015
Starts Jan 12, 2015
Dr. Karen I. Halbersleben

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